• If Barack Obama told today’s graduates the truth

    Students, faculty and parents, it is my honor to deliver a commencement speech today. I am about to do something I have never done as president: tell it like it is. Back in 2008, I was nothing but an idea — a blank canvas upon …

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  • Beware of outlaws

    One hundred and fifty years ago, the Federal Army under the direction of Samuel Curtis, was steadily making its way toward Helena, Ark.  Once there, he immediately began reinforcing the Mississippi port town for invasion. As Curtis began construction on Ft. Curtis within the first …

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  • GOP has Latino options

    Mike Reagan “Making Sense” No wonder Republicans can’t even get 40 percent of Latino votes in a presidential election. When Mitt Romney made his first big push to appeal to Latinos earlier this week in Texas, he hammered the “Obama economy” for being “particularly hard …

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  • Smart people, miserable?

    Ernest Hemingway once said, “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” There’s a long-held belief that average people are happier than smart people.  The premise — frequently touted at Mensa meetings and Unitarian cocktail parties — is that the super smart are …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK —  Arkansas education officials have applied to the federal government for a waiver from requirements in the No Child Left Behind law.  They hope to get a favorable response to their application within a few weeks. Last week eight states were granted waivers …

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  • Flawed leadership thinking leads to job losses

    During the last 35 years, more American factories have been closed and more jobs lost due to competition from countries in Asia than from any other part of the world. The initial losses were to Japan and from there they spread to Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, …

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  • What makes up a life

    There’s a lot of angst in the average day of an American adult life. These days I get up at 4:36 a.m. on a workday so I can get to the gym and get on machines that I barely understand how to use. I have …

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  • Local train ‘holdup’, one of last in state

    On Nov. 3, 1893, the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern train No. 51 was robbed during a scheduled stop at Olyphant, seven miles south of Newport, at the Jackson-Independence county line. The train was on its regularly scheduled run between Poplar Bluff and Little …

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  • Touring the set of ‘Dallas’

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” If you thought Southfork Ranch was in Dallas, you’d be mistaken. Luke and I discovered this when staying about 20 miles outside the city after looking at a map in Plano, Texas only to discover the ranch made famous by “Dallas,” …

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  • Heroes needed

    Just when you think the entertainment world has enough mutants, gods and playboy scientists, you realize there’s room — nay, a terrible demand — for MORE. CBS News recently carried a heartwarming story about Anthony Smith, a four-year-old boy with the genetic disorder mosaic trisomy …

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  • Picture in the wallet

    Bob sighed at the question he had heard so many times. “Bob, who is your girlfriend?” Bob was handsome and athletic. He was a top notch football player and a varsity wrestler. It just seemed quite obvious he would have a girlfriend. But he just …

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  • Cancer event set

    Sometimes people wonder why we Relay all night long and stay overnight. The Relay for Life event symbolizes the journey of a cancer survivor. Relay For Life starts at dusk and ends the next morning. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel …

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